The Monument to Drink

The monument to drink is a large cabinet, the bottom half of which is cupboards and drawers. These are mostly empty, save for a glass serving dish in one of the cupboards. This has never been used. The top half of the Monument is the display section of the cabinet. There are shelves, a locked panel and two glass doors. A wine holder holds two bottles of beer and a can of cheap cider, there is also a drop left in a bottle of rum.

It is behind the glass doors where the real monument lives. Empty bottles and cans stand there, labels turned out to the viewers for judgement ant to provoke recollection.

“Look at me,” says the Bushmills whiskey, They drank me on a wild Saturday, with two buskers they had met on the street. There was no mixer, so they took turns pulling off me, each swig getting smaller an smaller as I dwindled”

“Sure, didnt they start off on me, like boi?” Cork dry gin had to get his word in. ” Straight raw onna streets they had me, after liftin me outta some party like. I was kept pride of place in a press, full nearly, nd now wont cha look at me, all emptied out boi.”

Each glassed encasement has three levels of separated shelving. The bottom shelf is the biggest and it displays seventy centiliter bottles of spirits, bottles of wine and the large bottles of cider. The top is the second largest space and holds the cans of beer or cider. The middle shelf then is the smallest and holds naggin bottles of vodka, whiskey, rum and a herb liquor. Also on this shelf are specialty  decanters, a small can, a small bottle of German beer and a strange tasting Chinese beer.

This monument wasn’t built to last, and doesn’t stand today, but it will be known that there was drink had.

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